Family members said Lydia Rodriguez and her husband Lawrence were both admitted to hospital almost three weeks ago with the virus.
“We were told they were very, very, very, very sick, that’s what the doctor told us,” said her cousin, Dottie Jones. “And if they survive, it will be a long, long road.”
Jones said the couple had not been vaccinated against COVID-19.
“They didn’t believe in vaccines,” Jones said. “And you try to talk to them, and she just didn’t like it. I didn’t trust her, I guess.”
Once in intensive care, Lydia changed her mind about the vaccine and asked to receive it, but doctors told her it was too late.
“Before she was intubated, one of the last things she said to her sister was ‘Please make sure my kids get vaccinated,’” Jones said. “It’s hard to do in hindsight. Thinking that she wouldn’t be there, she would be there for her children right now if she had been vaccinated.”
Jones says she shares this in hopes other families don’t end up like hers.
“I’m just tired of the anti-vax rhetoric that keeps so many people, like my cousin and her family, from not getting the vaccine,” she said.
While Lydia and Lawrence remain in intensive care on ventilators, Jones and other family members help Rodriguez’s four children. A GoFundMe has been set up to help with medical bills and bills.
“Our hearts are just broken,” Jones said. “We hurt for the children. We hurt for them and we just want them to be better and at home.”
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